Promised Land, Brown Eyed Women, It's All Over Now, Peggy-O, Cassidy, Dire Wolf, El Paso, Row Jimmy, Passenger, Candyman, The Music Never Stopped Jack Straw, Ship of Fools, Dancin' In The Streets-> Drums-> Franklin's Tower-> Black Peter-> Around & Around, E: U.S. Blues
February 17, 2019 Subject:
This could be one of the worst shows of the '70s. The band is just off. Lots of mistakes and moments where at least one member is out of sync. Still better than any show I saw in the '90s.
April 3, 2017 Subject:
After "band beyond description" bobs vocals become out of sync you can hear donna laughing. from georgia so this is a real classic from the fox.
February 8, 2017 Subject:
An Interesting Night at the Fox
Not sure what prior reviewer considers a decent show if he thinks this is "dreck". Was there both nights in April '78, along with most of Emory College [or so it seemed]. Was this the greatest show ever? Of course not. But were there some mighty fine spots? Hell yes. Love the Dancin'- -a song I generally disdain. And the Franklins smokes. Drums were long but rumor has it there were some technical issues keeping the tribal beat going. Now I was high as a kite by then [okay, I was landing on the Mars Hotel by the time I got to my seat and Promised Land started], but I recall roadies coming on stage and banging on anything available during drums.... But I digress..... First set was steady and solid. Bobby's jokes/stories were super groaners, per usual...... but all in all, a fine time was had by all!!
June 20, 2013 Subject:
Painful to listen to
I downloaded the wrong 1978 fox theater show. Check out the October show.
At any rate, Jerry is clearly stoned out of his mind here in the first set. There is no imagination in his soloing, his timing is unsettling and his phrasing just makes me sad. You get a little bit 'o Bob chatting with the crowd but I get the feeling that he is just buying time for Jerry to pull it together.
It pains me to listen to this and I will be deleting this show from the hard drive.
October 28, 2012 Subject:
Great show with a rippin' Frank's.
Not sure why I forogt to review this when I downloaded. This is a great show, with the aawesome, insane Franklin's as the centerpiece.
It's all about the '78 style: The guys all goin' nuts, trippin balls, yelling and singing crazy ways, playing tons of pwoer chords and everything loud and crashing.
Play this one with some software reverb (www.un4seen.com). It's fuckin' awesome.
June 8, 2012 Subject:
April 78' is a strong month
Though this show might not have the most polished vocals (I kind of like Jerry's raspy 78' thang) April 78' is a peak performance month for the boys.
The Cassel Coliseum, William and Mary Show, Huntington Civic Center, and Rupp Arena are all on my best of list for 78', next to the Red Rocks shows.
So to say "what happened?" I'm not exactly sure what you mean. There are certainly stronger shows from April than this Fox show, but I think this period of performances is undeniably strong.
June 7, 2012 Subject:
Train wreck after train wreck. Jerry just sounds wounded. And the Franklin's may be long, but there are so many better versions out there. Black Peter _is_ pretty good. But one good song doesn't save a show.
The late Jan/Feb shows were amazing. WTF happened?
September 19, 2008 Subject:
This version of Franklin's is one of the best they ever played, hands down - and quite possibly the longest. Its closing jam is hot enough to melt steel.
January 18, 2008 Subject:
November 24, 2007 Subject:
I flew down for this show
This show was one of the highlights touring with Jerry. I worked for the dead in the catering division. (Kitchen Cy Kocis/ thru Monarch Entertainment Bureau). This particular show I flew down at Jerry's request. There was a genuine feeling of freedom within the band, and it reflected in the music at this show. Hell, Steve Parrish joined in during the drum solo if you remember! Jerry had a special gathering of fans at the hotel later that night. Actually he planned it, and I was kind of caught off guard. At any rate, it was a party that I would never forget. He was the master of ceremonies in more ways than one. "A musical genius with a flare for comedy" would be a good way to describe the night. Anyone else at the party that night please chime in. What a night! Miss you Jerry! Those were great days. ;-)
June 4, 2007 Subject:
It's All Over Now
My favourite All Over Now is the one they play here. It starts real quiet and just winds tighter until it comes down to the finish like a runaway train through your living room. Dig the interplay between Keith and Jerry on the second solo break after the the "SHe used to run around..." verse. If you're a fan of Jerry's you'll be in heaven. For that matter check out the first solo which sounds as if it starts on his bottom "E" string just moseying up the fret board with all the time in the world. I once dj'd a Dead dance where people went absolutely nuts for this one.
The sound quality is stellar.
I know some of you out there can either get this here or all of you can get it somewhere else. It's a sweet Dire Wolf too. Really swings.
February 22, 2006 Subject:
Strange, fun and odd.
First of all, the sound quality of the recording is top notch.
This one has always had a place in my heart as there seems to be a real sense of mischief through the show.
The drumming to Brown eyed women has to have been done for fun, maybe to throw off Jerry while he was singing, Billy or Mickey plays aginst the beat making the song seem to lurch and stutter (how Jerry doesn't mess up the tempo is beyond me). Following on from this, after a few songs Bob tells two of the worst jokes in history. As Jerry says, don't encourage him!
The version of TMNS always cracks me up. They were having fun following the the miscue at the start, either Jerry's intro piece comes in too late or Bob jumps in a bar too early. Either way it seems to throw the band off a bit. Bob starts playing around with the singing making Jerry and Donna laugh, soon followed by Keith playing out of time. It reminds me of funny and very intense Dancin' off DP 25!
An interesting listen.
October 9, 2005 Subject:
The Theater, The Band, The vibe & the RECORDING were fabulous, some minor clips here and there and yes Bobby with a weak music never stopped.The marathon tuning can take away the rhythym of the show but all in all they pleased us as usual, I am partial toward the next night,but these Jerry drippers were awesome!
March 14, 2005 Subject:
Also nice filler of "Salt Lake City." They didnt bust it out til feb 21 95, the only one. Give it a 5 for Sound. The Music Never Stopped was a wreck....
March 1, 2005 Subject:
very weak Music Never Stopped
Weir starts singing the first verse before Garcia gets to do his introductory line. Then Weir, Keith and the drummers are completely out of synch for the first part of this tune. By the 3 minute mark, after they think they've fixed it (you can hear them laughing about it), Keith seems to deliberately come in ahead of the beat. The jam starts around 3:30. One of the weakest MNS turns you'll ever hear comes at 6:11. It sounds as if Jerry just would prefer to crawl off into bed. Or jam this mess into something completely different. At the seven minute mark, Keith starts going astray again. Jerry does get his trilled chords going at the end, but you know he's relieved to just have gotten thru this thing. What a train wreck.
The soundboard quality, however, is pretty crisp. Promised Land, Brown Eyed, Jack Straw, nothing that special in terms of the playing; they all show Garcia to be generally tentative, meek, and really struggling through them.
February 9, 2005 Subject:
The next Dick's Pick??
I love this show. The sound is mixed really nice, and Jerry is Right On! Listen to Cassidy, Brown Eyed Women, Candyman, Jack Straw. The set list is solid and the playing is hot. This mix is so clear you can hear the band laughing after Candyman. Play this one loud!!!! Boy, this spring tour of 1978 just keeps surprising me!!!
February 4, 2005 Subject:
This is chock full of hot licks, dancin, franklins the whole thing smokes.
January 16, 2005 Subject:
Just wanna say
Set list is awsome. Sound quality is so so. Slight crackleling in background and every song is clipped. Real volume problem. Finally deleated show rather then try to fix it. There are much better to be had.
December 14, 2004 Subject:
Franklins Tower is a Good One
Great Show, punctuated for me by the 16 minute Franklin's. Must have.